8 Great Ways to Light Up Stairs

Illuminated handrails, hidden LEDs and linear step lights are among the best ways to stylishly light up your stairs

Chandeliers and grand staircases go together like wine and cheese, but the menu of ways to illuminate stairs has expanded dramatically in recent years. Designers now apply multilayered lighting approaches to most spaces, and stairs are no exception. Step lights, linear LED accents and other ingenious lighting tricks help to showcase staircases and make them safer to traverse. Read on to discover eight lighting strategies to make your staircases shine.

How to Organize Your Specialty Kitchen Storage Areas

After organizing your everyday items, plan specialized stations to make kitchen work easier

In Part 1 of this series on organizing your kitchen, I offered 10 steps to organizing your kitchen cabinets, putting the focus on everyday dishes and glassware, barware, and vases and pitchers. If you followed at least the first seven of those steps, your cabinets are now so organized, it makes you happy every time you open their doors.

Those same steps can be applied to organizing your more specialized kitchen storage areas. Read on for tips on organizing your pots and pans; your coffee, tea and baking supplies; your spices and oils; your cleaning supplies and your gadget-charging stations.

9 Ways To Create The Perfect Home Office

Are you more productive from an office or from your own home? This has been an ongoing debate for some time. Still, there’s something to be said about working from your home.

Not Ready to Remodel Your Bathroom? Try a Mini Makeover

You can make your room a more pleasing space with a simple spruce-up or a moderate refresh

When walking through staged or model homes, I love to see a clean, beautifully styled bathroom — it makes me feel relaxed, as if I were at the spa. But as a professional organizer, I see a lot of real homes, making me well aware that most of us don’t have bathrooms that look like those in the model homes. And that’s just fine.

For many people, a bathroom remodel may not be in the works just yet. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to improve upon a space that feels unattractive or even chaotic. Whether your budget is big or pretty tiny, there are simple ways to make your space more beautiful and restful. Here are ideas for two mini bathroom makeovers — no remodel required.

15 Smart Ideas From Beautifully Organized Pantries

See shelf, bin, drawer and lighting setups that can help keep your food and supplies in good order

The pantry is the workhorse of the kitchen. It helps you when you need to get dinner (or breakfast or lunch) on the table and keeps ingredients fresh and cool. But like all hardworking spaces, it can get a little (or a lot) disorganized. Gather inspiration from these beautifully organized spaces, and pick and choose from 15 takeaway tips to get your own pantry in shape.

How the Heck Do You Clean a Glass Shower Door?

Get the answers to keeping those glass shower walls and doors sparkling clean

Most people loathe household chores. But is any cleaning task more difficult to stick to than squeegeeing shower walls and doors after use? The squeegee rule, a seemingly reasonable request to reduce hard-water stains, mineral buildup and mildew, is great unless you’re short on time, patience, energy or all of the above. 

In fact, for the squeegee-averse, opting to use the guest bathroom and its shower with a curtain instead of a glass door is a timesaving trick that is not uncommon. My friends recently admitted that they shower in their guest bathroom so they don’t have to clean their newly remodeled, all-glass master bath shower. There’s got to be a better way. And I think there is.

How To Fold Clothes The Marie Kondo Way

Marie Kondo is all over the internet right now. She has a Netflix series called Tidying Up and is the author of a best-selling book. She’s a guru of home organization and an inspiration to many across the world. The best thing about her ways to tidy up is that they are honestly super easy, and they actually work.

Behold These Bold Kitchen Backsplashes

See how these 62 backsplashes bring beauty, personality and style to their kitchens

The kitchen backsplash presents an opportunity to bring color, pattern and texture to your space, and plenty of designers on Houzz have maximized this surface area in their work. From graphic tiles to aged copper and dramatic quartz, the possibilities are many. Here are 62 standout kitchen backsplashes that you can use as inspiration for your own kitchen renovation. Which kitchen backsplash would you most like to have in your home?

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